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Flood-Prepared Communities

Floods and hurricanes can threaten human lives and cause significant economic and physical damage to communities, including homes, businesses, and infrastructure. Since 2000, flood-related disasters in the U.S. accounted for more than $845 billion in losses, making it the costliest disaster threat in the nation.

Pew aims to reduce these impacts through policies that will modernize federal flood insurance, mitigate disasters, prioritize investments in flood-ready infrastructure, and promote nature-based solutions.

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Mitigation Matters: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk

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Since 2000, floods have cost the United States more than $845 billion in damage to homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure. The expense of adapting to more frequent and severe storms is projected to rise over the next several decades, placing a premium on the need to take action now to reduce the impacts of future floods.

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Flooding in Reston VA
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Virginia Should Fund Flood Preparedness Program, Voters Say

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Flooding in Virginia is becoming more common and costly, and a new poll has found that 84 percent of registered voters in the state—across party lines—favor a state-run fund to help owners of homes and businesses invest in measures to reduce flood risk in their communities.

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Lack of Flood Risk Disclosure Law Leaves Homebuyers at Risk

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Based on data from recent years, analysts expect existing home sales to top 2 million for June through September of this year. Unfortunately, many of those buyers will move into their new home without a critical piece of information: the property’s flood history.

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It's Time to Make U.S. Infrastructure Flood-Ready 
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After the Storm: Charleston’s Blueprint for Risk Reduction After Hurricane Hugo